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Where did the English Heman family come from? What is the English Heman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Heman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Heman family history?

Heman is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Heman are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Heman include: Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heman research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1209, 1647, 1579, 1600, 1658, 1605, 1660, 1630, 1681, 1672, 1716, 1621, 1654, 1665 and are included under the topic Early Heman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 219 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Heman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Heman or a variant listed above:

Heman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Heman, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1646
  • John Heman, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1677

Heman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph A Heman, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per tot discrimina verun
Motto Translation: Through so many dangers

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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Heman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 17 October 2013 at 12:17.

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